Ranked #395
Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Charcoal Feather Federation
Japanese: 灰羽連盟

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 2002 to Dec 19, 2002
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.111 (scored by 42032 users)
Ranked: #3952
Popularity: #373
Members: 93,051
Favorites: 2,698
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Synopsis

A dream of falling from the sky... and then birth. Rakka is born from a large cocoon into the Old Home, greeted by a group of females with small wings on their backs and shining halos above their heads. Soon Rakka's own wings grow, a halo is placed on her head and she is told that she must work in the nearby town of Grie. She soon realizes that the town and the entire world they live in are confined behind the Wall, a tall, impenetrable wall that none except the mysterious Toga are allowed to exit.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Reki
Reki
Main
Noda, Junko
Japanese
Noda, Junko
Rakka
Rakka
Main
Hirohashi, Ryou
Japanese
Hirohashi, Ryou
Kuu
Kuu
Supporting
Yajima, Akiko
Japanese
Yajima, Akiko
Kana
Kana
Supporting
Miyajima, Eri
Japanese
Miyajima, Eri

Staff

Ueda, Yasayuki
Ueda, Yasayuki
Producer
Tokoro, Tomokazu
Tokoro, Tomokazu
Director, Key Animation
Motoyama, Satoshi
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director
Omori, Takahiro
Omori, Takahiro
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Cocoon — Dream of Falling from the Sky — Old Home
Mayu — Sora wo Ochiru Yume — Old Home (繭 — 空を落ちる夢 — オールドホーム)
Oct 10, 2002
2 Town and Wall — Toga — Haibane Renmei
Machi to Kabe — Tooga — Haibane Renmei (街と壁 — トーガ — 灰羽連盟)
Oct 24, 2002
3 Temple — The Communicator — Pancakes
Jiin — Washi — Pancake (寺院 — 話師 — パンケーキ)
Nov 7, 2002
4 Trash Day — Clock Tower — Birds Flying Over the Walls
Gomi no Hi - Tokeitou - Kabe wo Koeru Tori (ゴミの日 — 時計塔 — 壁を越える鳥)
Nov 14, 2002
5 Library — Abandoned Factory — Beginning of the World
Toshokan - Haikoujou - Sekai no Hajimari (図書館 — 廃工場 — 世界のはじまり)
Nov 21, 2002

Opening Theme

"Free Bird" by Kou Otani

Ending Theme

"Blue Flow" by Heart of Air



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Siarus
Apr 25, 2010 4:39 PM
This is the most striking anime I've ever seen. The care and imagination that went into every aspect of the show is remarkable, but due to the slow, gentle nature of the series I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, if only because this isn't a typical anime in terms of plot. The suspense is subtle -- difficult to spot if you're watching it for the first time -- and builds up over half of the series. Haibane Renmei starts off languid and mysterious, and it tapers off just as languid and mysterious, and every episode seems to reveal more questions that never get answered. Even read more
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TheCriticsClub
Apr 14, 2008 1:45 PM
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that a large number of anime fans have encountered Yoshitoshi Abe or the shows he’s created and worked on, nor would I be wrong to say that he has gained a strong fanbase for his beautiful art and creative vision. Many people were turned off by the gritty confusion that was Serial Experiments Lain (one of his previous works), but there were a still few willing to dive into Haibane Renmei despite the previous title's flaws. In his debut as a writer, Yoshitoshi Abe envisioned and penned an anime series that quietly tugs at the heart and that read more
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TrenchKamen
Jan 19, 2009 1:20 PM
This is truly a stand-alone work in terms of originality. ABe did not self-censor and allowed the full weight of his intuition and dreams to direct his hand, and the result is a beautiful, ethereal, archetypal world fully-realized and yet deep enough to retain mystery. The show does not explain everything, even the most important aspects of Gile, and that feels okay. We can see in this fantastic world what is in our innermost hearts, and our intuition fills in so many of the gaps. Few stories manage to do this so well.

The story manages to blend soft, yet interesting, aspects of slice-of-life with haunting read more
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Fleure
May 7, 2014 8:15 PM
An endless fall; a young girl wrapped in white abruptly descends from the skies. A weightless haze lucidly embraces her. A dream too real, a fall too sudden; awakens she, from a strange trance and finds herself confined in a vessel that’s all too familiar in place that’s all too peculiar. A craft in the form of a cocoon holds the enigmatic maiden—a strange rebirth is to take place. The inhabitants of the building in which the cocoon swiftly lies, await in great patience for the arrival of the girl in white.

Thus begins the hauntingly decorative tale of “Haibane Renmei”

Instantly, “Haibane Renmei’s” inquisitive read more
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